Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – April 24th to 30th, 1961

The photos found in this blog post are the property of Huronia Museum, Midland, Ontario. Any reproduction for commercial use without permission is prohibited.  Any other distribution must credit Huronia Museum.  Please contact the museum with any questions you may have.  

Again we have no original negatives for this week and we will make do with copy and paste.

Bernie being Bernie Willette.

On these lads will rest much of the success of Midland – Penetang District High School Cadet Corps’ annual inspection, May 3. The corps’ senior officers, include, left to right, front row — Cadet Major R. Gauthier, 2-I/C; Cadet Lieut. Col. Don Belfry; Cadet Adjt Marvin Moreau; back row — Cadet Major Paul Bellehumeur; Cadet Major Gordon Waples; Cadet Major Tom Kearns; and Cadet Major Peter Gignac. 

BUSINESS FIRMS VICTIMS OF ROBBERY ATTACKS

The April 26th, 1961 Free Press headline.
Two local businesses, one in Midland and the other in Penetang, were the victims of robbery, and police are still investigating the incidents. Theft from the Midland Photographic Supplies occurred early Monday morning and an armed bandit is reported to have held up the IGA Supermarket in Penetang, Friday evening. J. J. Robillard’s IGA Super- market, the scene of several robberies in recent months saw a change of pace Friday night when an armed bandit held up the proprietor and one of his staff and made off with a bag of change, containing an undisclosed amount of money. The incident occurred as Mr. Robillard and Henry Dorion were preparing to close the store following close off Friday night’s business. According to police, a man appeared pointing a nickel-plated revolver and demanded the money from the safe. He had first taken the precaution to make the phone useless by tearing out the wire, police said. After being handed the bag he forced the pair to the rear of the store and left in a car parked outside with a waiting driver at the wheel, Mr. Robillard stated. Mr. Robillard gave chase in his own car while his assistant went to a nearby garage to phone police.

BOARD SEEKS $251,096 FROM 7 MUNICIPALITIES 

County Herald headline of April 28, 1961.
T. M. McCullough, chairman of the Midland-Penetang District High School Board, revealed yesterday that the seven municipalities which support the high school will be called on to pay a total of $251,096.92 of the school’s total 1961 budget of $534,712.30. Last year, the seven municipalities were requested to raise $210,795.13 in taxes for secondary school purposes. This year’s figure represents an increase of $40,301 over the 1960 MPDHS tax levy.

     “There is an unbelievably high standard of work here. The talent is here and is being developed in the right way.” These were the comments of Boris Berlin during adjudicating of the piano classes at the Midland Music Festival, at the YMCA this week. The fifteenth festival of its kind held in Midland, there are, this year, staggering programs of piano, vocal, and instrumental numbers, which require the use of the upstairs dining room at the same time as there are classes heard in the auditorium. This sometimes involves a scurry of a competitor from a piano section upstairs to the downstairs where perhaps his school class is entered in the chorus work. All in all, this system has hit no serious snag, although the Tuesday morning upstairs vocal groups were off schedule by well over an hour and singing competitions went on right through the noon hour. 

    At a meeting, at Bourgeois Lakeshore dining room, Thursday, the Midland Junior Chamber of Commerce decided to hold their annual fireworks display May 22. The meeting elected it officers for the coming year. They are: Mile Blackhurst, past president; John Bourgeois, president; Art Ambeau, first vice-president; Bob Bates, second vice-president; Gerry Lalonde, secretary; Jim Osborne, treasurer. Directors elected were Ken Mackie, John Nicholson, Ward Barrie, Ron Parker, Jim Wright and Ross Willette. 

    Home Economics students at Midland – Penetang District High School are holding a fashion show in the school’s gymnasium tonight (Wednesday) at 8 p.m. Clothes that have been made by the students will be modelled and tea and cookies made by the pupils will be served. The event, entitled “Evening in Paris,” is sponsored by the school’s Home Economics Club • whose president and secretary are Sharon McElroy and Robin Benson, respectively. Mrs. G. Yearsley will be the staff member in charge.   

Ten Years Ago
Midland council set its tax rate for public school supporters at 59 mills which was an increase of 9.5 mills more than the previous year. * * * Eighteen members of the Midland Shrine Club, including Wm. Orr and W. H. Keller attended the Kawartha Shrine Club bonspiel in Peterborough. * * * Midland’s lone representative in professional baseball ranks, Jack Beauchamp, was making a strong bid for a place on the pitching staff of the Lenoir, N.C. Giants. * * * Possibility of more employment for Victoria Harbour residents was announced by Lachlan McKellar, manager of Custom Canners. The firm had acquired land adjacent to their existing building and were planning an addition. * * * Matchedash Township council was informed by its clerk, Miss Doris Porch, that no applications had been received for the assessor’s position. * * * A three-act comedy, “Here Comes the Prince” was presented by St. Mark’s AYPA on three successive evenings and the players were directed by Miss Grace McMullen. * * * Midland council gave third reading to a bylaw authorizing the sale of the Yonge Street W. property to the Department of National Defence, as the proposed site for the armories. Sale price of the land was $5,324. * * * Bell telephone representative Harry J. Smith told Penetang High School students that the number of long distance telephone calls handled by the company had risen from 67,000 to more than 240,000 per day during the previous 10 years. 

    Blood donors are urgently needed — 137 of them. This was the word from Frank Spence, yesterday, when he noted that 113 of the required 250 blood donor volunteers had registered by Tuesday morning. Mr. Spence is heading the Midland Lions Club appeal for donors for the Red Cross Blood Donor Clinic to be held in the Midland Municipal building Thursday April 27. 

    Penetang children are playing ball in Midland because the town’s only diamond in Lion’s Park is in very poor condition. This statement was made at Monday night’s meeting of Penetang council by Fred Scott. Mr. Scott told council that three towns had refused to bring teams to play in Penetang because of the conditions. “We have tried to fix it up with some volunteer help but we can’t do the entire job without some official assistance.” He said. 

Wyevale News
WYEVALE — Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stott and family of St. Catharines spent the weekend at Victor Stott’s. Mrs. Petch, Emma and Mary of Barrie visited the E. Nerpins this week. Miss Marilyn Withall is taking a Canadian Nursing Assistants Course at Toronto. Mr. and Mrs. Morley Marshall and baby of Barrie spent the weekend at George Marshall’s. Mrs. L. Roebuck is spending some time with relatives in Toronto. Sid McDermot of Winnipeg visited Mr. and Mrs. Howard Grier. 

    Excerpts from the annual hospital report; Four sets of twins were born in St. Andrews Hospital during February and March, according to a report presented by Mrs. Jean Sutton, superintendent of nursing. Three pairs of twins were among the 31 babies born at St Andrews in March, and the 38 births in February included one set. Total number of patient days in February, the report showed, was 2,801, or an average of 100 daily. Patient days in March averaged out to 98 on a 3,052 total. Number of outpatients was 58 in February and 55 in March. A total of 173 operations were performed in March, an increase of 24 over the previous month. The number of anesthetics administered varied accordingly, 158 in March and 130 in February. February saw the most plaster of Paris casts applied, 25, to 23 in March, but the latter month led in X-rays, 377 to 324.  

    Kriss Watson, six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Budd Watson, Yonge Street West, Midland, was taken to St. Andrew’s Hospital yesterday afternoon suffering from bruises and internal injuries received in an accident, Midland police said. The boy “darted out” in front of a car driven by Mrs. Leah Fitzgerald, Hanna Street, Midland, at Sixth and Yonge Streets at 1.15 p.m.

 A look back 80 years, the Free Press front page from the last week of April 1941, the war years.

 

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – April 16th to 23rd, 1961

The photos found in this blog post are the property of Huronia Museum, Midland, Ontario. Any reproduction for commercial use without permission is prohibited.  Any other distribution must credit Huronia Museum.  Please contact the museum with any questions you may have.  

When former Huronia Museum curator Jamie Hunter acquired the Midland Free Press negative collection containing over 75,000 images, he thought we had them all, but as we process and identify them it has become obvious that we only have about half of the photos actually used in the paper each week. Many were submitted by rural correspondents such as Cyril Martin from Coldwater who would have kept his originals. The photos taken from the Penetang office have been lost except for a few hundred. Many photos were submitted by citizens who were on site when events occurred. The negatives from this week in 1961 have also disappeared; there is not one original photo in the collection this week so we have gone to the “copy and paste” option. 

 NEW BYLAW LIMITS HOURS FOR GAS OUTLETS 

Free Press Herald headline from April 19, 1961.
Midland council at a special meeting Monday night gave third reading and approval to a bylaw regulating the hours of retail gasoline outlets in Midland. Reeve Percy Crawford and Alderman Albert Atkinson  were opposed to the bylaw. Alderman Oliver Lesperance with Mr. Crawford and Mr. Atkinson opposed the third reading of the bylaw. Alderman Wm. Thompson, Walter Woods and Deputy-reeve Grigg were in favor. Mayor Charles Parker cast the deciding vote in favor of the third reading. L. Bosley of Bosley’s Service Station objected to Taylor’s Service station being exempt from the bylaw and said there was discrimination against him (Bosley). The reeve agreed with Mr. Bosley. Reeve Crawford said he was opposed because council would be responsible if a court case arose from the decision. “I hope it doesn’t cause a lawsuit but it probably will,” added Mr. Bosley. The bylaw provides that service stations, Mondays to Fridays, will close at 7 p.m. and open at 7 a.m. the following  morning and on Saturday they will close at 7 p.m. and remain closed until 7 a.m. Monday. Two duty service stations will be permitted to remain open every weekend. [Bosley’s was at the corner of Fifth and Vindin, he operated a service station, drive in restaurant and coin operated car wash.) 

MIDLAND INDUSTRY LANDS BIG AIR UNIT CONTRACT 

County Herald headline of April 21, 1961
A substantial order for air circulation units of a design and type never before made in Canada has been awarded to Canadian Name Plate Company, Midland, President Gordon Moss told this newspaper earlier this week. Mr. Moss said the Midland firm is at present tooling up for the work. He said production will commence early in May and will continue indefinitely. The Name Plate president said the contract will mean at least 30 new employees will  be employed by the company as production of the units proceeds. He expected the plant would be in full production on the units by mid-summer. He explained that another Midland industry, Midland Industries Limited, also will benefit from the new product. MIL will supply three plastic parts used in the circulation units’ assembly. It is the only major supplier of parts. Mr. Moss said the largest component piece In the assembly is an extruded aluminum shape which will be made from raw aluminum billets on new equipment recently installed in the Name Plate plant. 

    A Penetang girl, Miss Claudia Stewart, has been named superintendent of nurses for the new Ontario Hospital School at Cedar Springs. She is the daughter of Mrs. Jack Stewart and the late Jack Stewart. Claudia is a graduate of the Ontario Hospital School at Orillia. She also completed’ postgraduate courses at University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario. She has had experience in both general and psychiatric nursing in Toronto, London, Orillia and Penetang. Prior to assuming her new duties, she was on the staff at the Ontario Hospital School, Orillia. 

    Midland Police Chief George Wainman said yesterday that, in the last six weeks, 19 bicycles had been reported stolen. All but three have been recovered, the chief noted, added that the majority of those stolen did not have licence plates. “It would be a great help to the police and a protection to the owners if they had bought the licence plates.” Commented the chief, noting that the licences cost only $I. 

    A Midland-owned beagle, Heidi by name, may have set some kind of record when she gave birth to no less than 14 live puppies recently. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Truax, Russell Street, Heidi had 12 of her litter by natural birth and two others arrived only after a Caesarian operation. On Wednesday, 11 of the puppies were still living, and doing well. Heidi, who only weighs around 20 pounds soaking wet, was doing well too. She’s a purebred beagle, one of the smaller type of hounds. Average litter for this breed of dog is around five to seven pups, and the known registered record, as far as we have been able to find out is 12,” Mr. Truax told this paper. The big litter has meant extra work for the Truaxs’ who are helping Heidi with her feeding problems by means of a prepared formula which is fed to the pups via a bottle every six hours. 

     Members of Midland Curling Club, at their annual meeting Wednesday night, instructed the club’s directors to pursue further, and determine the advisability of the installation of a separate ice-making plant for the curling rink. The decision was taken after members  heard the arena board plans to increase the rate it charges the curling club for ice-making services. There were 78 members present at the meeting. 

    Captains and engineers of Great Lakes ships in the Midland area recently tendered a dinner to Allan Dane and Roy Wilson of the government wireless station and John Smith, government steamship inspector. The meeting heard that all three men will be leaving Midland at the end of the month when the wireless station and the steamship inspection office will be closed. Chairman of the dinner, held at the Georgian Hotel, was George Burns superintendent of Canadian Pacific Steamships at Port McNicoll. Percy Eagles of Great Lakes Boat and Machine Co. Ltd., paid tribute to Mr. Smith and expressed regret that the inspector was leaving Midland. Mayor Charles Parker said Midland was disappointed about losing the wireless station and the steamship inspection office and it was hoped they might return to Midland. 

Hi-Sterics by BONNIE ROURKE
The interhouse drama is coming to a close as houses Alpha and Delta begin rehearsing their plays. House Delta is presenting a Hillbilly play directed by Mr. Thompson. Play is about a man with three teen-age children who wants to marry a widow with two children. But “Paw” doesn’t think Daisy will want to marry him with such a brood, so he dresses them in short pants and ribbons. The play is hilarious and well played by: Jim McKean, Wendy Feltham, Leila Bower, Robbie Morrison, Nancy Jones, Ede Saelzer, Bill Young, Chris Brinkman and Roger Jackson. House Alpha is rehearsing “This Way to Heaven”, directed Mrs. Mckean. The play is a comedy fantasy about a man who is moving into the room of an elderly lady. The man is a ‘being’ from heaven who has to kill Gram before he can get his wings. He wants to kill her because she is an excellent cook and she is needed in heaven. Alpha is well supported by Richard Wright, Thelma Penhale, Jacques Beauchamp and Bonnie Rourke. 

    Fifty years ago today, April 19, 1911, was the date on which final signatures were placed on a charter of incorporation for Penetanguishene General Hospital. To mark the anniversary, members of the Ladies Auxiliary are holding a tea at the hospital, and the entire building will be open to visitors. W. J. Hanna was provincial secretary when the charter was granted in 1911 to the hospital, which opened in a home originally built for H. H. Thompson and later sold to Wm. Firstbrook. It was sold to the town to be used as a hospital in 1910. Some say the selling price was $4,000, while others maintain its was turned over for a nominal $1 payment. Originally, Penetanguishene General Hospital operated with a nursing school, provision for which was set out in the charter. The last class graduated in 1929. From the beginning to the present date (1961), the hospital has had a total of 21 superintendents. An historical booklet being produced for the anniversary indicates that official records are missing for a considerable portion of the first years of operation. An interesting bit of information contained in it shows that in 1928 ward rate was $1.75 per day, with $2.50 for semi-private and $3 for private ward. Sometime during the late 30’s or early 40’s, the financial situation of the institution became extremely precarious. It was In 1942 that the board finally moved to bring in a religious order to carry on the work. So the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception took over the operation of the hospital. In the booklet, one of the original Sisters to arrive, and still on the staff, writes of some of the difficulties encountered during their first years. She tells of cutting cotton from a bolt, hemming it, and rushing back to make up a bed. There were many gifts of food to the institution, and the sisters spent long hours preserving fruits and vegetables for use during the long winter. One nurse comprised the night duty staff, and she often had to check on the furnace and occasionally shovel in the odd lot of coal to keep the place warm. The laboratory consisted of a microscope and a few fluids to do blood counts. 

Big news from the gossip column, Did You Hear …
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Sweeting, Tom and Tim motored to St. Catharines for the weekend to visit Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Sweeting. 

25 Years Ago – 1936
Midland tax rate was set at 45 mills the same as the previous year. * * * Amalgamation of Midland’s municipal offices, public utility commission, and education and parks boards was put into effect with R. S. King appointed comptroller. * * * A chorus of Midland High School students, directed by Douglas Major, with representatives of 14 other schools presented a special choir of voices at Massey Hall, Toronto, in connection with the Ontario Educational Association convention. * * * The Canadian Corps’ capture of Vimy Ridge was celebrated by Midland’s branch 80 of the Canadian Legion at a dinner in the Queen s Hotel. * * *  The pickerel run had started in the Black and North Rivers according to Dr. W B Leatherdale, secretary-treasurer of the Gloucester Pool Cottagers’ Association. * * * A L Fitzgerald was elected president of the Penetang Baseball Club at its annual meeting. * * * H. H. McGill was appointed Midland’s municipal park superintendent and clearing of the park ground for another season was started. * * * Supplementary estimates tabled in the federal government intruded $16,000 for dredging and $9,000 for a wharf at Honey Harbour and $21,200 for a wharf at Penetang. * * * Capt. Cecil Clark of Midland was appointed shore captain of the Paterson Steamship Lines at Montreal. * * * A violin made by James Albert Benson of Sixth Street Midland won high praise from a number of Toronto violinists and was shown at the Midland Hobby Show.    

     The Midland 4H Strawberry Club held its organizational  meeting at Evergreen School House recently. New officers elected were, president, Sharon Benson: vice- president, Ronalda Belanger; secretary-treasurer, Donald Foster. The convener of the social committee is Ailene Wilcox, and of the fall fair executive, Wayne McMann. Two new members were welcomed at this meeting and on March 30 three more new members joined the club. Achievement day this year will be held July 4 when exhibits from each member will be judged; a test on this year’s work will be given; and individual members will have a chance to judge sample boxes of berries. The club has been trying out several new types of berries. One of these, Redcoats, put out by the government two years ago, appears very promising. It produces a large, firm, bright-colored berry with prolific runner-growth, and is also a good jam berry with a high yield per acre. Other varieties are being tried.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – April 8th to 15th, 1961

The photos found in this blog post are the property of Huronia Museum, Midland, Ontario. Any reproduction for commercial use without permission is prohibited.  Any other distribution must credit Huronia Museum.  Please contact the museum with any questions you may have.  

The quality of the newspaper reproduction this week has made it hard to copy text and to avoid having to type it all we have “clipped” entire segments. Many of the photos this week were of the Little NHL hockey tournament, the negatives are not in the collection, either taken by another correspondent or lost.

Click on photos to enlargeAn editorial page photo entitled “The Highlands of Huronia”. A combination of snow and bare ground forms a patchwork quilt over the re-awakening lands in the valley and along the hills of the scene pictured in today’s editorial page photo. The picture was taken from the top of the hill on the county road just east of the village of Waverley. The dark patches in the wooded areas are pine plantations. 

This miniature curling stone, seen beside a regulation rock, attracted a lot of attention at the recent mixed bonspiel in Midland. It was brought back from Scotland by Mrs. Don Macintosh of Woodstock (centre). Admiring the stone, perfect in every way except size, are Mrs. Clive Park of Midland (left) and Mrs. Alvin Gropp, Penetang. 

Mrs. Johnston, a Salvation Army officer in her own right and wife of Lieut Wm. Johnston of the Midland corps, fits a warm winter jacket on a little girl. The Army performs many such Christian acts in this area. 

These outstanding students at St. Theresa’s High School received their school letters from Rev. Ralph Egan of Midland last week, left to right are, Paul Tremblay, Carol Perrault, Bob McLaughlin, Father Egan, Pat Knicely, Gary Blake and Doreen Moreau. Ron Belanger was absent when the photo was taken. 

Members of the Students’ Council at St. Theresa’s High School, Midland, recently were presented with their school “bars.” Seated, left to right, are Doreen Moreau, vice-president; Paul Tremblay, president, exhibiting one of the bars; and Bob McLaughlin, secretary-treasurer. Standing are, left to right Elaine Dorion, Donna Contois, Michael Borsa and Margaret Ann Kearns. 

Winners of the Midland Recreational Hockey League playoffs this year was the Midland Foundry team, above. They defeated the Dynamoes in the finals to win the Craighead Trophy, last played for before World War 2. 

Editorial page photo entitled; “Road In a Rut”. Spring is taking its annual toll of roads throughout the province and the section of Tiny Township side road, near Waverley, pictured on today’s editorial page, is typical of the condition of many side roads at this time of year. 

Pictured during a ceremony at Midland IOOF Temple last week are these new candidates for the Encampment Branch of the IOOF. Left to right front row, are, W. T. Stewart, Waubaushene; Richard Dennis, Barrie; Clifford Newburn, Midland; Douglas Gordon, Waubaushene: middle row, R. Stamp, Midland; D. Hutchison, Waubaushene; Ernie Bates, Midland; Ed Collins, Midland; back row, Gerald Robinson, Barrie; Stuart Withers, Wyebridge; William Cain, Elmvale. 

Queen’s Park Bill O.K.’s $110,000 Hospital Grant 

Free Press headline of April 12, 1961
Present indications are that Midland will be reimbursed by payments from the county equal to the outstanding debenture on St Andrews Hospital. This was revealed at Midland council meeting, Monday night when a letter from town solicitor D. G. Haig was read. The letter read in part: I am pleased to announce the Province of Ontario in its wisdom has seen fit to enact the necessary amendment to the Municipal Act to grant authority to the County of Simcoe to pass a bylaw to allow re-imbursement to the Town of Midland for payments equal to the outstanding debenture held by the town on the hospital. 

    Idle for more than five years, Midland Shipyard property is to be the location of a new private company — Kerr Piping Limited —  manufacturers of prefabricated piping whose manufacturing headquarters will be at Midland. The plant will produce prefabricated piping assemblies for oil refineries, chemical plants, pipeline terminals, thermo-generating stations, and general industrial installations. Centre of operations will be the building formerly known as the punch shop. 

    High praise for the success of the Ontario Little NHL  championships held in Midland and Penetang Thursday to Saturday was voiced by a number of officials as the trophies crests were presented in Midland Armory to wind up proceedings Saturday night. “Undoubtedly it was one of the most pleasant and best-run series in our 20-year history,” said Ontario President Paul McKelvey of Alliston.  Two things stood out he said—billeting and refereeing. “It is wonderful to see two towns co-operate like Midland and Penetang did to house all of these youngsters, I have received nothing but words of praise from parents who along later to pick up their lads.” said Mr. McKelvey. “And if there was any beefs about the refereeing at any time, it did not reach official ears. Usually if there is any, we hear about it.” He sighed in relief. 

    Trenton’s aggregation in the Little NHL tournament parade in Midland late Thursday afternoon outshone their counterparts in other teams and won the Sharpe Trophy for the municipality making the best showing in the procession. Forty-two teams, St. Theresa’s High School Band, Midland Citizens Band, two fire trucks and floats entered by Midland Legionnaires, the Indian village, Penetang Museum, Cancer Society, Midland Shrine Club, Commodore Hotel,  Penetang Little NHL, Marchand’s Esso service and the Penetang Bottling Company made up the parade. The procession formed up at Midland dock and moved up King Street about 5.15 p.m. Members of Midland Y’s Men’s Club assisted with the organization of the marchers and teams from Milton, Dunnville and Bowmanville received honorable mention. 

    The 1961 Ontario Little NHL championships have been concluded and once again, as it did last year, the name “Penetang” will be inscribed on one of the trophies. In the three-day tournament which wound up Saturday night in Midland Armory, Penetang’s junior team emerged the winners in the “B” series for towns under 15,000 population. Last year it was the NHL team which brought home the bacon from Huntsville. 

    Joe Patenaude found it didn’t pay to back Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and as a result he was forced to pay a bet by pushing a barrow load of potatoes up Penetang’s Main Street Sunday morning. Carrying signs “Rocket come back” and “Buy Lafontaine potatoes”, Joe pushed the barrow from the main intersection, south for one block. His load was two sacks of spuds, each covered with a Canadien sweater. 

    ”The situation appears decidedly gloomy at the moment.” That’s the way Bert Armstrong, superintendent of the CPR elevator at Port McNicoll, described the impending navigation season as far as the Bayports are concerned. His sentiments have been seconded by other elevator officials in Midland and Collingwood. “The Wheat Board seems to want to send all the boats direct from the Lakehead to Eastern Lake Ontario or St. Lawrence elevators.” Mr. Armstrong noted. “There seems to be no prospect, he said, of the usual large influx of grain ships to local elevators this spring.” 

    Four books designed to increase the waterborne tourist business in the Georgian Bay region are now on the market. Authored by Medonte Township resident Kenneth Wells, they are illustrated guide books to the waters of Lake Huron off the Bruce Peninsula, Georgian Bay, the North Channel, the Trent Severn inland waterway and the Muskoka and Parry Sound lakes. 

Ten Years Ago This Week
The first vessel, to dock in Midland harbor was the “Imperial Cobourg” with skipper Captain C. G. Sloan getting the silk topper, emblematic of the opening of inbound navigation. * * * Establishment of a Roman Catholic Separate, primary school in Victoria Harbour was being considered. * * * Midland council authorized the police to issue summonses to all violators who failed to pay the usual $1 fine for parking meter tickets. * * * “Springcapades” was being presented by the Hi-Y Grad Girls and Phalanx Club of the Midland YMCA. * * * Race horses were preparing for summer campaigns at the old Penetang race track. * * * A “Ranch Party” brought to a close the six-weeks course in social recreation held in the Old Fort School near Midland. * * * Midland Boys Band sponsored a skating carnival at Arena Gardens when nearly 1,500 attended a 12-act performance presented by skaters from the Toronto Granite Club. * * * Midland’s total debenture debt at the end of the year stood at $569,863 it was revealed in the audited statement. * * * A Toronto radio station, on a gasoline company program, featured the history and current attractions of Midland. Information for the program was prepared by the Midland Chamber of Commerce. * * *Every man woman and child in Midland used an average of 100 gallons of water daily at a cost of 1.5 cents per day, Midland Public Utilities statistics revealed.  

Province Grants MPDHS Composite School Status 

County Herald headline of April 14, 1961
The Ontario Department of Education has given its approval for Midland-Penetang District High School to become a composite school and provide vocational training for students. This was confirmed in a letter from C. W. Booth, deputy minister of education, which was read at the MPDHS board meeting Wednesday night. Expressing pleasure that the confirmation had been received, T. M. McCullough, board chairman said the next step was the appointment of an eight-member special committee of the board composed of employers and employees from industry as well as members of the board. Mr. McCullough requested all board members to give some thought to the appointment of members of the special committee and be prepared to propose names at the next board meeting. (Other business) The board accepted the resignations, effective June 30, of John Lamb of the science department; Miss M. J. Hargadon, who is teaching physical education, history and geography and J. W. Giroux of the French department. Eleven new teachers were hired by the board and will start their duties in September. The new teachers are: Michael Corcoran, English department: Murray B. Lovering, science: Mrs. Ruth Gammell, mathematics and physical education: Delmor Gingrich, motor mechanics; Mrs. Phillis (should be Phyllis) McCullough, English and music: Wm. Longlade, French and history; S. Clark Miles, commercial department; Miss Reba Young, head of the English department; R. LaChappelle, French special; Keith McNally, French; and R. Marsh, science. 

    The tower on Penetang’s town hall grew an additional 20 feet yesterday when workmen man-handled a steel structure of that height to the top of its flat roof. The fire siren will be placed on top of the tower, where it is hoped it will be more audible than in its present position. 

   Pre – school registration held Monday at Parkview and Regent Public Schools in Midland saw 124 children register to begin school in September. At Regent, 84 children (eight more than last year) were registered according to Principal M. O. Lewis. He said he expected there would be 10 to 12 more register before school starts in the fall. This will bring the fall enrolment at Regent to just over 700 and an all-time record, Mr. Lewis stated. At Parkview, 40 children were registered Monday which is 10 less than last year, reported Principal Kenneth Cowan who estimate there would be an additional 10 or 12 enrolled before school starts in the fall. This will bring our fall enrolment to about 400 which we have at present, Mr. Cowan stated. There was no pre-school registration at Bayview School. 

    A letter from the Department of National Defence advised Midland council at its meeting Monday night that the United States coastal escort vessel U.S.S. Farmington will visit Midland May 6 to 8. Noting that the visits of such vessels was a tourist attraction. Mayor Charles Parker said it was hoped that other American ships would visit Midland during July and August. The mayor suggested that the ship’s officers would be entertained at lunch during their visit, as was done on previous occasions. “It’s not a major item.” added Mr. Parker. 

    Douglas Martin, member of the Midland Volunteer Fire  Department, Monday night was appointed by council to the permanent fire brigade on the recommendation of Fire Chief Arnold Tippin. Mr. Martin’s six-month probationary period is to be effective from April 15.